December 6th, 1855 EIP (East India Porter) | Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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December 6th, 1855 EIP (East India Porter)December 6th, 1855 EIP (East India Porter)

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Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
Massachusetts, United States

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
According to Dann Paquette (the Brewer), this beer is a Porter, not an American Black Ale. It was brewed in London in 1855, so it is an English Porter.

Added by busterthecat on 05-04-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of dragonWhale
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A sexy silver label draws my attention..What is this EIP?
Pours dark brown but not thick, can see a bit through the amber edges. A finger or so of off-white head.
Can smell the hops off the bat with a little bit of chocolate and coffee. It's got a pretty decent bitterness, fading into the malt and chocolate and then back to the pine and floral hops. She drinks easy and delightful. Not thick, medium-bodied, but very pleasant. Yes, another pretty thing.

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Photo of silentjay
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark brown to black with a nice sized light khaki head made up of relatively big bubbles that retains well and laces okay.

big roasty chocolaty aroma with a big piney hop kick and some woody earthiness. very aromatic and pleasing.

starts of with earthy, woody flavors, a bit of chewing tobacco, some slight astringency, then the roast takes over, adding some bitter chocolate, burnt coffee, and dark molasses before the earthy hops kick back in and linger a while.

kinda lighter bodied than i expected with subtle, yet prickly carbonation that finishes watery but leaves a pleasant bitter and roasty aftertaste.

overall, something I would drink regularly back in 1855, and could see myself drinking frequently even today. tasty mix of bitter, sweet, and roast.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz into short's imperial pint glass.

A- Dark brown with some ruby highlights in the light... Almost amber in the pour but much darker in the glass. Huge sandy tan head that fills up 1/2 the glass. Settles with some heavy lace rings on the glass. 2nd pour leaves a nice creamy head on top for the remainder of the glass.

S- Brown sugar, chocolate, and some sticky icky hops.

T- Big roasty malt, quickly replaced with a b r u t a l bitterness. Wow. Malt comes back in- chocolatey and dark roast coffee. Resiny, piny, bitter, raw hop goodness. Hophead's delight. Like chewing on pine needles.

M- Thick, creamy, great staying power. Bold in flavor and presence for 6%.

O- I like this way more than the other 'once upon a time beer'- love to see a hop bomb with the pretty things twist on it. I would hope that it makes it to at least a rotating release, as I'd love to buy this one on the regular. Very good stuff.


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Photo of YouSkeete
3.4/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Extra cloudy brown, reddish tint. Small off white head, turns into moderate lacing quickly.

S: Smooth milk chocolate, malt, mild earthy hops and mild coffee aromas. Dark fruits and grain alcohol slowly make their way to the nose.

T/M: Interesting combination of stout-like flavors; such as roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate, cream and molasses - and IPA-like flavors; like lemon zest, pine, dry hops and spices. Not the greatest balance of flavors, a little too unique to be combined in my opinion. Medium carbonation with a medium body. Lingering dry/bitter hoppy aftertaste.

D: I feel like Pretty Things, as a brewery, are always on the overly complex side of their brews, and this concoction proves my point. Still worth trying if this is your preferred style.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

look is english with a nice two fingers of caramel colored foam. Nose is english... In that it is dominanted by the hard water expected out of a good english porter. Along with other subtlities in a beautiful balance of roast, coffee, and caramel dextrin. Palate is extremely broad for the abv. Coffee blend of tobacco bitter. With a nice forefront of mild sweetness. Maple earth grit that makes it dry with undertones of sweetness that have the dryness . Coal hints make it so so dry grippy.

as an english porter... it thats what you're looking for exactly. this is absolute perfection.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Super dark cola colored beer. A thin covering of brownish head with some spotty lacing. Dead on appearance for a porter.

S: The nose is excellent for the style. Tons of roasted malt. A touch of hops as well. Little bit of citrus as well. Really a nice example of the style.

T: I love what they are doing with this series but this is one of the best Black IPAs that I have ever had. Ha! It is a porter though in body. Just super hoppy for the style. It probably arrived in India tasting around the same as they were used to back home.

M: Light medium body. Carbonation is low but pleasant.

O: Really digging this beer and I am not normally a big fan of porters. Really interesting and an easy drinker.

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Photo of jlindros
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yay, a new Pretty THings beer.

Pours a nice creamy almost 1 finger head that fades semi slowly, over dark murky mahogany maroon brown color, touch of lacing.

Nose loads up on malts at first, dark crystal malts, hints of reddish and roasted malts, touch of cocoa, hint of molasses, a decent roasty base underneath somewhere, and an interesting crisp like ale yeast addition, also some light earthy and herbal hops add just a touch of an earthy aroma and slightly spicy.

Taste starts with a nice earthy hop kick actually, some earthy and slightly fruity and touch spicy hops, hint of herbal taste, the hops give a decent bitterness but not a lot, it reminds me a lot of a Cascadian Dark ale. The malts are nice as well, a bit of some roasty malts, some reddish malts, plenty of dark crystal and caramel flavors, bit of toffee, hint of cocoa, bit of sweetness but not a lot, the bitterness grows and starts to get spicy and chewy hop flavors, almost becoming astringent but never really getting too far, and the herbal earthy flavors of the hops come out more on the finish, as it dries, and leaves a bit more malts, light roast, and mild chewy "just chewed on a fresh hop pellet" taste.

Mouth is med to slightly heavier bodied, slightly creamy, and decent carbonation.

Overall pretty good, very drinkable, gets fairly bitter but never too far, lots of nice blended flavors, long finish, reminds me a lot of a cascadian dark ale, but doesn't go crazy like most American Black Ales do.

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Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle goes for $8.99 at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY.

Pours darkest shades of brown, lifting a huge head, with retentive powers in full force. Fluffy and puffy and leaving impressive globs of sheeting and lace.

Sweat cocoa, vanilla, darker grains in the nose.

Freshly full flavor, lots of chalky chocolate, dark and bitter chocolate, dark coffee grounds,blasting herbal hop load lurking in the finish and pushing the flavor package. Creamy and super smooth in the mouth and over the tongue.

Nicely done. I really enjoyed this one.Go get some.

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Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As with all other Pretty Things so far, wicked excited to try this, I havent been let down yet.
This pours a rustic, muddy brown with a creamy, superfine tan colored head. Lacing is fairly sticky, left behind as the head dissipates fairly quickly.
The nose on this is really cool, interesting roasty toasty malt, with a hop presence that by no means dominates, but boosts the profile enough to be a good mix. Burnt coffee, bittersweet chocolate, dare i say dirt, maybe fresh mulch? Its dank and resinous and i keep sticking my nose in the glass because i keep picking up different scents. Very interesting.
Espresso, hops, cocoa all come through on the palate, it keeps getting better and better. My first sip of this beer was pretty good, several sips into it it starts really putting a smile on my face.
The combination of bitterness and what really turns out to be a phenomenaly creamy mouthfeel with just right carbonation, is a great balance. The bitterness on the finish lasts just long enough, and when it drops off, leaves all the great roasted flavors behind.
Initially was not overly impressed by this, but damn does it really turn around quickly. Delicious.

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Photo of Sensaray
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown red which you cant see through. Has a light tan creamy looking head.

Smells of hops and roasted coffee, vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, cinnamon. Definitely smells like a hoppy porter.

Tastes like coffee, vanilla, roasted flavors. Also you get a hoppy presence that gathers and builds to the finish, which gets bitter never overpowering bitter. Bitter finish comparable to mildly bitter ipa. Has a hop spiciness that pairs well with the coffee flavors. Some sweetness emeges at random.

Medium bodied smooth and creamy

This is good. About what I was expecting. Didn't disappoint. Kinda like a really good hoppy black & tan.

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Photo of rudzud
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Went to Julio's looking for some DFH Hellhound and much to my surprise saw a the last bottle of this on the shelf. Had to purchase it.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a deep, dark brown with a big, fluffy nearly 3 finger head that slowly faded to leave nice side lacing and a frothy halo.

S - Wow, this is complex. The dominant character fo rme is a charred malt type aroma. Its really unique, not burnt or smokey but somehow a combination of the two. Getting some light espresso notes as well as a nice slightly floral hop aroma on the end.

T - Similar to the nose there are some sweet, roasty malts and that really unique charred taste. There are some light chocolate flavours that give way to slightly bitter hops.

M - Low carbonation makes this slightly creamy, though, just barely thin.

O - Really glad I got to try this limited porter. Lots of complex stuff goin on with this one. A great "recipe" from the mid 1800's...go colonialism!

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Photo of albern
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a really good beer and I'm intrigued by the historical recipe that was unearthed to make this beer. No telling what it would have been like in 1855 sans technology, pristine vats, holding tanks, and sanitized lines, but it is intriguing nonetheless. The nose has a slightly charred aroma, but there are bittering hops in the nose as well.

The beer is very interesting, almost like an IPA porter, if there is such a concoction out there. It has a very burnt, charred, and biting hop flavor with all the roasted chocolates, dark malts, and creaminess that you would fine in a porter. It isn't boozy, nor does it have the acerbic caramel and oakiness that you would find in an imperial stout, just the smooth, milky cacao and chocolate powder with some bittering hop that defines the beer. I will go back for another and add to the review.

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Photo of lazyboy247
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a bomber.

A: deep brown in color and with a toffee colored head. church window lacing down the glass as I drank it.

S: a lot of hops here.

T: this is a really complex beer, quick finishing hops but really intense. followed by a malty spiciness. its exactly what I thought it would be a hoppy porter.

M: Creamy

O: I really liked this beer, it was like an American black ale but different. it has a lot of porter qualities with a little bit of extra bitterness.

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Photo of bernie879
4.54/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Killian's pint glass; a very, very dark chestnut brown ale producing a 3cm lt. rustic brown, billowy head. Retention lasted the better parts of 3 min, leaving behind splotchy lacing.

Aroma: Roasty coffee, bitter-sweet chocolate, and tobacco all contribute very strong and distinct characteristics. Hops add a pleasant earthiness with citrusy flourishes.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Medium-full bodied and carbonation. Creamy yet dry as hops and malts balance each other out leading to a pleasant experience. Hop flavors are much more present in the palate than one would have guessed by the nose. Those roasty, chocolaty aspects present I the nose are still well presented in the flavor profile but not as strong playing more of a structural role than highlighting the flavors.

Overall: Once again, Pretty Things comes through with an amazing beer, these people do no wrong. Great drinkability, complex flavors and aromas. Don’t pass this one up.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark hazelnut colored pour begets a large, lumpy tan head that begets a storm of lace and stalwart retention until my beer begone.

Aroma is nuts, cocoa and espresso trail mix minus the raisins. Strong leafy, herbal and somewhat styrofoam hop character. Smells somewhat like a dandelion and chicory root coffee I drink.

Taste is bitter bakers chocolate and roast malt to the point of char. Bursting with herbal and pine sap hops. Hops not only add flavor in and of themselves, but also push the dark malt flavors forward.

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Photo of OldIronLungs
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had at the release at Deep Ellum - ripping good time! Top hats abound! I laud Dann and Martha for their great attitude towards brewing and Pretty Thing's consistently exciting takes on historical recipes!

Poured into a nonick pint glass a nice red mahogany - two solid fingers of creamy head slowly establishes itself and clings to the glass like a midshipman.

The nose pops with an earthy pine hop character, bitter chocolate and lightly roasted coffee.

Big smooth sweet malt in front, chocolate jumps out but is quickly brought inline with a roasty, spicy, pine hop bitterness. Body is medium with lower carbonation, but the hop profile makes the endeavor delicious. Clean, mostly dry finish with a lingering hop resin. Brilliantly drinkable.

I can taste it! I can taste 1855! The India Pale Ale gets all the history notes for it's use of hops as preservative, but the darker variety, the East India Porter that Pretty Things has recreated is even better. I can almost picture myself sipping this after a rollicking cricket test match with the local lads in Rangpur. Ahh, colonialism.

Beer how it was, now. Very pleased.

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Photo of celticfutblclub
3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - a nice deep brown with a good vanilla colored head on it about two fingers thick. recedes quickly but laces the glass nicely.

S - gorgeous nose on this. roasted coffee, chocolate, toffee, caramel with a bit of a piny hop smell poking in there.

T - sweet caramel malts hit first and are abruptly punctuated by a bitter resiny hop taste. this erodes into roasted coffee chocolate malt finish. there is a lot going on here. my one complaint would be the resiny hop taste doesn't complement the roasted/chocolate flavors in my opinion. still it's an interesting brew with a complex bill.

M - theres good carbonation in this. it feels slightly lighter than most porters i've had but its not necessarily a bad thing and i think that the slightly lighter feel works better given the hoppyness it exhibits.

O - this is an interesting creation from pretty things. lots of malts lots of hops. overall this all comes together well but i would have to say that this is not a particular favorite out of their selection. still definitely worth a try (all of their stuff is).

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Photo of busterthecat
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle the day it arrived. Poured into SA perfect pint glass. No bottle date. Since no category "officially" exists for a EIP, I went with the closest it attempted to model. Cheers.

A- Pours a nice rich caramel hue. Sits quite dark in glass, a dense dark brown. A large dense & creamy khaki head sits proudly. Head lingers for a bit before diminishing to a foam that leaves great lacing.

S- Lots of rich and creamy notes; sweet toffee, smooth roasted coffee, hazelnut. Perhaps a slight twinge of piney hops, but roasted malt centered aroma is bold.

T- Lots of rich and roasted notes. Hazelnut, coffee, some mocha. Malt upfront, but spicy and piney hops do shine through, hops slowly increasing towards the mid and finish. Hops gain momentum and almost take center stage. The nuttiness and hops blend very well. Comes together in a nice mellowish complete package. Hops growth with warmth.

M- Medium body is solid and pretty dense. Rich and smooth on palate initially, some lingering bitterness come through secondly. Fills palate and flavors last a while. A nice chewy feel.

O- A very solid new brew from Pretty Things. A very enjoyable history lesson in the way things might have been over 100+ years ago. A hop forward porter that blurs lines and peaks interest. Highly recommended.

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December 6th, 1855 EIP (East India Porter) from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
4.11 out of 5 based on 183 ratings.
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